A fresh royal face
The regal visages of Princess Anne and Prince Charles grace countless horsey events during the year, but recently a new and fresh royal face popped into the equestrian spotlight: Prince Andrew, at right, their trim 14-year-old brother. Properly casual, he is shown here discussing the fine points of the art with Anne, her husband Captain Mark Phillips and Anne’s trainer, Allison Oliver, at left. The third of Queen Elizabeth’s four children, Andrew is second in line in succession to the throne, behind Charles and ahead of his 10-year-old brother Edward.
A cellist resettles
Getting off an airliner with his cello and Newfoundland firmly in hand, Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich began a two-year stay in London. Called by many critics the greatest living cellist, Rostropovich is considered a dissident by Soviet officials, who have interfered with his career by canceling tours at home and abroad. To refurbish his artistry, Rostropovich requested and was granted special visas for himself and family. Presumably, when the visas expire, the Rostropovich family will be allowed to return home to live.
Ribicoff riding easy
While Connecticut’s Senator Abraham Ribicoff has been in Washington, D.C., some of his constituents have been staunchly opposing commercial growth in the rural, unspoiled western part of the state. Democrat Ribicoff, running for re-election to a third term this year, demonstrated his support for the nature-lovers by taking a ride down the Shepaug River. It was all in the name of conservation, with Ribicoff conserving his own energies by letting local wilderness buff William Garrison and his son Willie do the paddling.
It seemed like a harmless gag, so actress Gina Lollobrigida, visiting a racetrack in upstate New York, hopped onto a scale ordinarily used to weigh jockeys. As the needle bounced up toward 145 pounds, and a cameraman took aim, Gina decided the joke had gotten a little heavy and with a yelp flung out her shawl to cover up the weight of the evidence.
During a radio interview, country music superstar Buck Owens was asked if he would ever marry again after his two divorces. Sure, replied Owens. All he needed was “to know somebody really well.” What has happened since then has surely made Owens’ life a little less lonely. His office in Bakers-field has been turned into a kind of lonely-hearts postal substation. More than 15,000 letters (some with provocative pictures) have been sent in from singles, restless wives and even youngsters hoping to match up their moms. The sweepstakes has delighted Owens, who describes himself as being “like a kid in a candy store.” But the screening has been slow and careful. One ironclad requirement is that the mail-order bride be about Owens’ age, 45. “You don’t send a girl,” warns Owens, “to do a woman’s work.”